Activists to Mobilize Today Against Townsend Gang Injunction in Santa Ana

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Townsend activists want to know: gang injunction, what's your function?
Another round of OC Superior Court hearings are due today in the fight over a new gang injunction in SanTana. In August, Judge Franz E. Miller granted a preliminary injunction against the Townsend street gang that claims the neighborhood around Jerome Park.

The early morning hearing will deal with defendants named as gang members by the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office. Later on in the day, a ruling is expected on whether Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas will get sanctioned for brushing off summons and depositions.

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Gang Injunction Didn't Stop Gang Injuncted from Killing Ximena Meza

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Ximena Meza forever R.I.P.
Ricardo Cruz and Alfredo Miguel Aquino stand charged with the October 22 murder of 9-year-old Ximena Meza in Anaheim, caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting. Though Cruz and Aquino admitted this summer to being members of a relatively new gang called RAW (Ready at War), court documents obtained by the Weekly show that the murder charges OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas filed against them push forth an interesting claim: that they carried out the shooting as "active participants" of the decades-old Anaheim FOLKS (Family of Latin Kings SureƱos) gang.

Who's FOLKS? Oh, just one of the thirteen OC gangs under one of Rackauckas' infamous gang injunctions, this one dating back to March 2011. Tony Rack and his crew always love to trot out stats claiming that the gang injunctions work, that they're a successful tool against cholo violence. Yet more than three years later, they're now essentially admitting that a gang they targeted with an injunction ended up killing an innocent girl anyway.

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More Evidence Of State Cheating Must Block Death Penalty In Seal Beach Salon Case: Lawyer

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Judge Goethals gets another stack of fascinating, true-crime reading
Claiming there's ample new evidence that Orange County's law-enforcement community can't be trusted to behave honestly, a defense lawyer for the killer in the 2011 Seal Beach salon massacre is urging a judge to reconsider an August ruling that conceded government cheating, but still left prosecutors' death-penalty demand an option.

Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders told Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals in a Nov. 7 motion that he has uncovered additional efforts by the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) and sheriff's deputies to sabotage the defense of Scott Dekraai by hiding evidence and offering dishonest testimony.

Prosecutors insist errors were innocent mistakes and promise retraining, but Sanders says there has been "a systematic and ongoing process of concealing evidence favorable to the defense," practices that have caused him to divert focus on the "litigation at hand" to chase seemingly endless examples of unethical law-enforcement conduct tied to the case.

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Ximena Meza: Killed by the System

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R.I.P., Ximena

By Gustavo Arellano and Gabriel San Roman

It's being called another tragic case of gang violence claiming the innocent. Nine-year-old Ximena Meza was playing with her sisters outside their family's apartment near Brookhurst Community Park in Anaheim around 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 when, police say, a white car stopped nearby. A man emerged from the vehicle, shot at a group of men standing on an apartment lawn, then hustled back into the car, which sped off into the night. While the targeted men scurried off, Ximena ran to her father's arms and collapsed, fatally shot in the chest.

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Accused Killers of Ximena Meza Violated Probation a Month Ago...Yet Remained Free

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Aquino (left) and Cruz
Losers

The memorial for Ximena Meza, the 9-year-old girl murdered last week, keeps growing and growing, as does outrage toward her accused killers, Anaheim resident Alfredo Miguel Aquino and Ricardo Cruz of Buena Park. Well, let the outrage continue: the two cholos were not even supposed to be on the streets hanging out together in the first place.


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Is OCDA The True Public Enemy Number One?

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Jason Fenstermacher: Drug addict turned Hitler-loving white supremacist turned volunteer assassin turned snitch turned free man now walking OC streets thanks to OCDA

Orange County prosecutors quietly handed white supremacist thug and pre-trial inmate Jason Fenstermacher a spectacular, sweetheart deal in August. It was an unexpected coda to a career in lowbrow crime that began around 2002, when the heroin-addled car thief and burglar needed to toughen his image as a scared, 21-year-old newbie in a California prison.

Back then, Fenstermacher--a San Clemente High School product--burned plastic, trapped the soot, mixed in mouthwash and, using the battery-fueled motor from a dismantled tape player, converted the shaft of a pen into a sharpened tool that ejected ink for a conspicuous neck tattoo: "OCS."

Wearing the Orange County Skins tattoo was reward for Fenstermacher committing assaults and stabbings for the gang, and over the years, he inked his body with other symbols, including a pro-Adolf Hitler swastika and the words Driven by Hate, another less-than-subtle hint about his contempt for non-whites.


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OC DA Clears Santa Ana Police for Shooting Unarmed Cholo in the Foot

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After more than four years, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office finally got around to clearing a SanTana cop in a May 18, 2010 shooting. The agency found no wrong doing when officer David Jensen shot 21-year-old Yoni Velasquez in the foot after a--you know it!--foot pursuit, leaving a bullet hole in his white Nike kicks.


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UFO Over Tustin and "Mothership" and Two Angels in Orange County Skies the Same Night?

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We presume this was not the massive mothership over Orange County. Sadly.

Someone who saw a UFO over Tustin last week wants you to know that it was not the "massive mothership UFO and two angels sighted over Orange County" the same night.

Or was it?

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Prosecutors Drop Felony Charges In Wake Of OC Weekly Report

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Hours after OC Weekly revealed ethical problems concerning Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) use of questionable informants in a solicitation-of-murder case against former gangster Joseph Govey, prosecutors this morning dropped all charges.

On Tuesday, Beth Costello, Govey's prosecutor, told the Weekly she'd dismissed three of the most serious charges against Govey on Sept. 22 because she wanted to hide records from Renee Garcia, the defendant's defense lawyer, in hopes of protecting the safety of the informants.

The assertion was odd for several reasons including that the informant identities have been well known: criminals Alexander Frosio, Carl Johnson Jr., Arthur Palacios and, Huntington Beach Police Department's prize, veteran snitch, Marcel Irazarry.

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Tony Rackauckas' Truth or Consequences: DA Continues Dropping Cases To Avoid Disclosures

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Up until Sept. 22, Santa Ana defense attorney Renee Garcia had waited more than 400 days for the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) to fully obey pretrial ethical rules about sharing evidence in an attempted murder case. Garcia wanted prosecutor Beth Costello to turn over records of informants who'd aided the government in what turned out to be a problematic solicitation-of-murder case against Garcia's client, Joseph Govey. The massive consumption of time included six months of Costello repeatedly assuring Garcia she would surrender the evidence but reneging each time. Realizing she was being stonewalled, the lawyer wrote three separate motions to Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals in hopes of compelling production of the records.

But with Goethals favoring Garcia's position, Costello declared at a May 16 hearing she'd been mistaken by asserting there were no files whatsoever to share--especially on Alexander Frosio. He's one of the prosecution's key snitches and a serial residential burglar whom other inmates say worked at the request of Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) deputies to plant "happy cards"--mail laced with heroin--in targeted inmates' cells. Exactly three weeks later, Garcia showed the prosecutor gotcha evidence. In a different ongoing case in the same courthouse, Larry Yellin--one of Costello's colleagues--admitted the agency possessed a 3-inch-thick stack of Frosio-related informant records.


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